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on account of his Father's Memory." The dates hereafter given from 
Alumni Oxonienses, of the two elder son's university record, indicate 
that this reference is to the younger son, William. 

The Parish Register of Christ Church, records the marriage as above 
stated, of Rev. Bartholomew Yates and Sarah Mickleburrough, and of 
births and baptisms of their six children — three daughters and three 

ist. Catherine, b. June 24; Bap. July 4, 1706. 
2d. Sarah, b. Mar. 3, 1707. 
3d. Bartholomew, b. Feb. 9; Bap. Feb. 17, 1712. 
4th. Robert, b. Jan. 8; Bap. Jan. 20, 1715. 
5th. Frances, b. Nov. 15; Bap. Nov. 17, 1718. 
6th. William, b. Dec. 10; Bap. Dec. 14, 1720. 

Of the daughters, we know very little, ist. Catharine, married John 
Walker, May 10, 1733, birth and baptism as above, and death of Catha- 
rine Walker, October 5, 1738, and births and baptisms of two children 
recorded in Parish Register: 

1. Sarah, b. June 30, 1734. Bap. July 4, 1734. 

2. Clara, b. Aug. 7. Bap. Aug. 9, 1737. 

John Walker died 1745, leaving in his will his daughter Sarah, to care 
of her grandmother Sarah Yates, and her daughter Clara, to Captain 
Henry Thacker and wife. — Va. Hist. Mag., I, 470. 

2d. Sarah. Parish Register only records her birth. As the record of 
birth and baptism was generally made together — she may have died in 
infancy. She may have lived to be the first wife of John Robinson (son of 
Christopher and Judith Wormeley) born 1707, died 1787, whose first wife 
was a Miss Yates. — Rich' d Standard, March 19, 1881. 

3d. Frances, married February 2, 1737-8, Rev. John Reade, son of 
Thomas Reade (son of George Reade and Elizabeth Martian, ancestors 
of General Washington) and Lucy Gwin. He was rector of Stratton 
Major Parish in King and Queen county, and probably died in 1743, 
when he ceased to be rector. After death of first Bartholomew Yates, 
while the Parish was waiting for Bartholomew, second, to be ordained, 
he officiated temporarily in Christ Church, where he probably became 
acquainted with his wife. The Parish Register records her birth, bap- 
tism and marriage, and birth and baptism of her son John, born June 19, 
baptized June 20, 1744. This son died in infancy, but she had also a 
daughter Sarah, who married in March, 1760, John Rootes. — Wm. and 
Mary Quarterly, III, 40; IV, 122; VII, 190. 


In the York county records, book 1638-1648, page 434, the following 


<<**»• [ W ords worn off] Know unto all men by these pres- 
ents, that I, Edward Booker * * * doe make, constitute, ordayne 
and appoynt my Brother in law, Richard Glover, to be my true and law- 
full atturney for me & in my name, & and to my sole & p'per use to 
aske demand Levy, recover and receive all bills, debts and demands due 
to me the said Booker, within the Collony of Virginia, alsoe to rec. out 
of the hands of ffrances Cold, all such tob. reced. or bills to be rec'd or 
whatsoever of mine in his hands & upon denyall of payment, to sue, ar- 
rest, implead & imprison any of my debt'rs within the said collony and 
upon receipt of any quantity or quantities of tob. to give acquittance for 
the same & if it seeme good to the s'd Glover to constitute on[e] or 
more atturneys under & looke what hee or they shall doe or cause to be 
done in or about the premises. I doe ratine & confirme as if I myselfe 
weare p'sonally present. Witness my hand & seale, second day of Sep- 
tember, in the Briel, 1648." [Brill in Holland.] 

Edward Booker, (the seale.) 
In the presence of us: 

Tho. Allen, John Cannart. 

This Edward Booker was perhaps the father of Richard Booker, of 
Gloucester county, Va. Richard Glover was a London merchant, who 
had extensive dealings with Virginia. 

From the earliest land grants in 1623, or there abouts, down to the 
Revolution, there was not a land grant to any Booker, except to this 
immediate family. 

In the York county records for the date given below, on page 38, the 
following appears: 

" Know all men by these presents that I, Richard Booker, by virtue 
of a letter of attorney from Samuel Edwards have constituted and ap- 
pointed my father in Law, Mr. John Leake, to be my lawfull attorney 
(&c, &c), this 20th day of ffebruary, 167%." 

On July 20, 1692, David Coghills, of Rappahannock county, conveyed 
to Richard Booker, of Gloucester county, 250 acres of land near the 
head of Port Tobacco Creek, Rappahannock county. On September 
24, 1692, Mr. John Underbill and Mary his wife, made a deed for 200 
acres of land to Captain Richard Booker (York Records, p. 170). In 
another column of the York records, the above Richard Booker is 
alluded to as being of "ye parish of Abington, in ye County of Glou- 
cester," and on the upper side of Fellgate's Creek. 

In July, 1685 (L. Book, 7, p. 540) Captain Richard Booker received a 
grant of 740 acres in Gloucester county, on April 20, 1694, a grant of 180 
acres in Gloucester, and on October 20, 1704 a grant of 613 acres in 

Captain Richard ' Booker married, first, Rebecca (Leake ?), and sec- 
ondly, Hannah Hand.* [See note at end.] 


Issue (by first marriage): i. Edmund; 1 2. Judith;' 3. Edward; 1 4. 
Ann;' 5. Richard;* 6. John,' baptized August 3, 1690 (Abingdon Reg- 
ister). Issue (by second marriage, as far as known): 7. Frances;' 8. 
George,' of Gloucester county. Frances Stokes in her will, dated No- 
vember 1, 1751, bequeathed property to her brother George Booker, of 
Gloucester county, and to his children Richard, George and Edward 
Booker, and Sarah Mumford. 

7. Frances ' Booker, married Stokes, and died in Amelia 

county, in 1752, leaving a considerable estate. Her will, dated Novem- 
ber 1, 1751, and proved December 28, 1752, in Amelia, is of much assis- 
tance in giving a correct account of the family. She bequeaths land to 
Lucy Clarke. Legacies to Richard, George and Edward Booker, and 
Sarah Mumford. children of " my brother George Booker, of Gloucester 
county." To Hannah, daughter of Richard Clarke and Lucy his wife. 
To James, son of Richard Clarke. To Mary, wife of Samuel Tarry and 
Frances and Mary Tarry, their daughters. To Edward son of Major 
Booker (Major Richard Booker). To Edward Booker, son of Captain 
Edward Booker. To Major Richard Booker, Captain Edward Booker, 
Lucy Clarke and Mary Tarry, children of Colonel Edward Booker 
deceased. To "my brothers" George Booker and William Marshall. 
To Edmond Booker, Sr, and Jane his wife. To John and Marshall 
Tabb, children of Captain Thomas Tabb. To Major Richard Booker, 
and Purify Booker. To the poor of Raleigh parish, Amelia county, £25. 
To Judith, daughter of Colonel Edward Booker. 

1. Edmund" Booker, lived for a time in Essex county. There is 
recorded in Amelia a deed, dated June, 1736, from Edward Booker, of 
Amelia, conveying to Edmund Booker, of Essex, a tract of land in 
Amelia, near Richard Booker's mill. He afterwards removed to Amelia, 
which he represented in the House of Burgesses, in 1757, {Journal) and 
1758 (Burt's Va., vol. III). He died in 1758. The will of " Edmund 
Booker, Sr." was dated November 10, 1757, and proved in Amelia, 
September 28, 1758. His legatees were his wife Jane, daughter Frances 
Clement, sons Edmund, John, William, and Edward, and daughter 
Rebecca Overton. 

Issue of Edmund* and Jane Booker: 9. Edmund;* 10. John;' 11. 
William;' 12. Edward;' 13. Frances,' married Clement; 14. Re- 
becca,* married Overton. 

3. Col. Edward' Booker, of " Winterham, " Amelia county, was 
baptized June 2, 1680 Abingdon Register) and died November 2, 1750 
(Family Bible). He removed from Gloucester to the part of Prince 
George county which is now Amelia, and was appointed Justice of the 
Peace of Prince George in 1733, was one of the first justices of Amelia 
at its formation in 1736, and was one of its. first representatives in the 
House of Burgesses in the same year. ( Virginia Historical Register, 
IV, 135.) In 1736 and 1743 he was presiding justice of the county. Col. 


Edward Booker, married twice: (i) Mary ; (2) Judith, sister of Wil- 
liam Archer, of Amelia county. The will of "Edward Booker, Sr.," 
was dated July 18, and proved in Amelia, November 16, 1750. His 
legatees were: wife Judith, son Edward Booker, Jr.; daughter Judith 
Booker; makes provision in case Stith Hardaway, or any other person 
in his own right, "or in the right of the daughters of my wife by her 
first husband, should bring suit against my executors, in regard to the 
father or grandfather's estates; " refers to the plantation at Winterham, 
where he lives; appoints his son Richard Booker, and Edward Booker, 
Jr., and sons-in-law Richard Clarke and Samuel Tarry, executors. 

The inventory of the personal estate of "Colonel Edward Booker," 
was appraised at ;£ 1,288. 2. 6. 

The will of Judith (who died January 7, 1750) widow of Edward 
Booker, was dated December 14, 1750, and proved January 18, 1750-51. 
Legatees: daughter Judith Booker, "my four daughters" [doubtless by 
first husband] brother William Archer, and friend Samuel Cobbs, 

Issue (1st m): 13. Lucy,* married Richard Clarke, of Amelia. He 
was appointed a justice of Amelia, in 1740, but declined to accept; 14. 
Richard;* 15. Rebecca,* married, in 1736, Thomas Tabb, of Amelia, 
marriage bond April 10. This was Colonel Thomas Tabb, of 'Clay 
Hill," long a Burgess; 16. Mary, married Samuel Tarry, or Terry and 
died November 3, 1756; 17. Edward* (2d m.) 18. Judith.* 

5. Richard* Booker, was baptized October 29, 1688 (Abingdon Reg- 
ister) and died April 25, 1743 {Family Bible). 

On July 31, 1732, he had a grant of 970 acres in Prince George county 
(now Amelia) — Land Book, 14, p. 459. In this grant he is styled " Rich- 
ard Booker, of James City county, Gent." This land adjoined that of 
his brother Edward, was between Knibbs and Flat creeks. On Septem- 
ber 16, 1741, as Rich'd Booker, of James City county, he, with Martha 
his (second.) wife, conveyed certain lots at Queen Mary Post, Williams- 
burg (York Records, 1741, p. 46). He was appointed a justice of James 
City county in 1730 and again in 1738 (Council Journal), but towards 
the end of his life removed to York county, where he died. His will is 
as follows: 

In the name of God, Amen. I, Richard Booker, of the county of 
York, being sick and weak in body, but of perfect sense and memory 
(blessed be God), do make my last will and testament. That is to say, 
I first recommend my soul to the protection of my Great Creator, hop- 
ing for pardon for my offences, thro' the merits and mediation of my 
blessed redeemer and Savior, and as to my body, I desire it my be de- 
cently buried according to the Ceremony & Custom of the Church of 
England. My Worldly Estate w'ch it has pleased God to bless me with 
I dispose of in manner following. 

Imprimis. I give and bequeath to my son Richard Booker, all my 


lands lying in Gloucester County for and during the natural life of him 
& his wife, and after their decease, to his son Richard, and his heirs 
forever. But if my said Grandson Richard should dye before he arrives 
at the age of Twenty-one years or shall have a son lawfully begotten to 
inherit it, then I give the said lands to my Grandson Joseph Booker and 
his heirs forever. 

Item. I give to my son Richard two negroes named Hampton and 
Moll, and all my stock of cattle, sheep & hogs, which are at my planta- 
tion in Gloucester County, on Condition that he shall make up the num- 
ber of twenty-four head of cattle to the Legatees or Executors of the 
last will of my late wife Martha, to be delivered to them at the Capital 
Landing if required. I also give to my son Richard, my broad Cloth 
suit of Cloathes and my old Hatt. 

Item. I give my travelling chair and-* harness to my three daughters, 
Frances Warburton, Rebecca Coulthard, and Martha Barrett. 

Item. I give to my son William Booker, my new saddle and blue 
Horsing [housing] and half my Household goods and stock of Cattle, 
Horses, sheep & hogs at my plantation in Caroline County, now in the 
possession of Thomas Croucher. In consideration of w'ch It is my will 
& desire that my said son William shall pay to my daughter Purify, the 
sum of Ten pounds Curr't money, on the day of her marriage, which I 
do hereby bequeath unto her. 

Item. I give to my Daughter Purify, my negro boy named Charles, 
and my negro Girl Alice; my white Cart horse and a mare called Young 
rose, also a good woman's saddle, with a good covering, Furniture & 
Bridle, which is to be delivered to her by my son-in-law John Coult- 

Item. I give and Bequeath to my Grand Children, viz: John War- 
burton, Richard Coulthard, James Barrett, and Richard, the son of Wil- 
liam Booker, five pounds Curr't money each of them; and also five 
pounds to the first child my Daughter Hoy shall be delivered of alive, 
which said several sums I hereby require my son John to pay to the 
fathers of my said Grand Children as soon, as it can be conveniently 
raised out of the Estate hereafter devised to him, at least within two 
years after my decease. 

Item. I give all my household goods w'ch are at my son-in-Law John 
Coulthard, unto my two Daughters Rebecca Coulthard and Purify 
Booker, to be equally divided between them. 

Item. I give to my Daughter Purify three cows w'ch are at my son- 
in-law John Coulthard's, in lieu of five young cattle left to her by her 
Godfather Lowry. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my son John Booker, my plantation 
lying on Ware Creek in New Kent County, and my plantation lying near 
Knightsfield, in James City County, to him and his heirs forever; also 
my negro boy Harry, and all my negroes, Horses, Cattle, sheep, hogs, 


and Household goods at the said plantations; and all my negroes, and 
half of the stock of horses, cattle, sheep, hogs and Household goods 
w'ch are at my plantation in Caroline County. 

Item. I give to my son John Booker, all my crop of Tobo. which 
shall be made this year at my plantation in Caroline; and one hogshead 
of nine hundred pounds of nett Tobo. which shall be made this year at 
my plantation in Gloucester; which I order to be applyed by my son 
John to the payment of my just debts, and fifty shillings out of it to be 
given by him to my Daughter Purify to buy such wearing apparel as she 

Item. I give to Thomas Robins, of Gloucester County, my old Coat, 
two waste coats, and Leather * * 

Item. I give to my son John Booker, all other my Estates, both Real 
& personal. And lastly, I do hereby appoint my son John Booker and 
my friend William Parks [the publisher of the first Virginia Gazette, in 
1736] Executors of this my last will & Testament, hereby revoking & 
making void all other wills by me heretofore made. It is my further 
will and desire that no appraisement be made of my Estate and that my 
Executors be not obliged to give security for the Execution of this will. 
In witness whereof I set my hand & seal this Twenty-first day of April, 


Rich'd Booker. (L. S.) 

Signed, sealed, published, and declared in presence of: 

Mary Hornby, Martha Crips, Jean Tenison, William Dunn. 

At a Court held for York County, May the 16, 1743, This last will & 
Testament of Richard Booker, dece'd was this day presented in 
Court by the Ex'tors therein named, who made oath to it. and being 
proved by the oath of all the witnesses, was ordered to be recorded. 

Test: Matt. Hubard, CI. Ct. 
A copy— Teste: T. T. Hudgins, Clerk of York County Court 

Richard* Booker, of James City and York counties, married twice. 
First, Margaret, daughter of William Lowry and Frances Purefoy, his 

wife (see note), and second, Martha . All of the children appear 

to have been by the first marriage. 

Issue: 19. Richard,' was left land in Gloucester. In 1743 he had sons 
Richard and Joseph; 20. William;* 21. John;* 22. Frances,* married 
Warburton, 23. Rebecca,' married John Coulthard. A Bible en- 
try gives the death of a " Rebecca Douthart, February 16, 1763," doubt- 
less the same; 24. Martha,* married Barrett. In 1743 she had 

a son, James Barrett, named in her father's will. In 1785, William 
Booker, of Amelia (William,' above) conveyed certain land in Amelia 


to his nephew Thomas Barrett, for life; 25. Purefoy, married in 1756, 
Stith Hardaway (marriage bond, Amelia, December 5, 1756.) 

[to be continued.] 

* Hannah Hand was a daughter of Richard Hand and Frances Purify 
or Purefoy, his wife. She married first Captain William Marshall, justice 
of the peace of Elizabeth City county, originally from Barbadoes, who 
was murdered at Hampton by some sailors about 1692. Issue by this 
marriage, one son William Marshall. She married, secondly in 1694, 
Captain Richard Booker. Richard Hand, died about 1689, and William 
Lowry, on marrying his widow Frances (Purefoy) Hand, became his 
administrator. Mrs. Frances Purefoy-Hand-Lowry, was a daughter of 
Thomas Purefoy, son of Captain Thomas Purefoy of the Council. In 
1698 John Tabb, who had married Martha, daughter of Richard Hand, 
gave a receipt to William Lowry, administrator of Richard Hand, and 
" father-in-law (step-father) to Martha, Tabb's wife, for her father's estate, 
and for some stock left by Major Matthew Warkelin (Wakelin) her 
" grandfather-in-law " (which means that Wakelin married the widow 
of her grandfather Thomas Purefoy,, Jr.). In 1675 Wakelin was guardian 
to Purefoy's children. In 1720 Hannah Booker, of Abingdon parish, 
Gloucester, gave a power to William Lowry, of Elizabeth City, to release 
to Thomas Kerby, of Charles Parish (who married Frances Lowry) her 
title to certain land in Elizabeth City. About the same time William 
Lowry deeded to John Lowry certain lands adjoining Hannah Booker's, 
coming to him (William) as marrying "Frances, one of the daughters 
and co-heirs of Thomas Purify of the parish, and county aforesaid, and 
mother of the said John Lowry." 

William Lowry in his will, proved May 13, 1724, names his daughter 
Frances Kerby, deceased wife of Thomas Kerby, and her five children; 
his sons John and William Lowry, daughter Margaret Booker, grandson 
William Booker, daughter-in-law Martha Tabb [a step-daughter] Mary 
Lowry, and Jane Lowry; son-in-law Richard Booker [a step-son], Thos. 
Kerby and Richard Booker. For these notes from the York and Eliza- 
beth City Record, we are indebted to the William and Mary Quarterly 
July, 1898. His daughter Margaret married Richard' Booker, of York 

Captain Thomas Purifoy, Purify, Purine or Purfry, as the name is 
variously rendered, was principal commander of Elizabeth City county 
in 1628, and a commissioner (justice) of that county in the same year; 
Burgess for the lower part of Elizabeth City in 1629-30, and a member 
of the Council in 1631. A contemporary says of him: "He is a soldier 
and a man of open heart, hating, for ought I can perceive, all kinds of 
dissimulation and baseness." He named (according to a land patent) 
one of his estates (a thousand acre tract) " Drayton," doubtless after the 


place of that name in Leicestershire, which was one of the seats of the 
family of Purefoy, baronets, a title now extinct. There is among the 
Maryland records a deposition, dated 1640, of Lucy wife of Captain 
Thomas Purefoy, of Elizabeth City county, in which she states that she 
was then about forty-two years of age, and was born "infra Ranson," 
in Leicestershire. In 1656 a grant was made to W. Moore for land at 
Old Poquoson, which had been assigned to him by Lucy, relict of Cap- 
tain Purifoy, and confirmed by Thomas Purifoy, his son and heir. 


[We are indebted to a descendant for the following account of one 
branch of the Coles family.] 

The Coles family of Virginia is of English descent. At an early date 
when the English government, in order to subjugate Ireland, and render 
it, if possible, obedient to the laws of England, offered large induce- 
ments to English gentlemen to emigrate, and in that country one of the 
ancestors of the present Virginia branch removed to Enniscorthy, situ- 
ated in the original division of Lienster county, Wexford, in the South- 
eastern part of Ireland. His descendants still continue to live there. 
John Coles was a younger son, and while still a very young man, on ac- 
count of having incurred the displeasure of his father, came over to Vir- 
ginia about the last years of Governor Spotswood's administration, 
precise year unknown. 

He was a very early settler of Richmond, and it has been said that he 
built the first dwelling house ever erected there. He married Mary, 
daughter of Isaac Winston, of Hanover county, who came to America 
in 1704. A sister of Isaac Winston (Sarah) married the father of Pat- 
rick Henry, making the children of John Coles and the celebrated Vir- 
ginia orator first cousins. By this marriage, John Coles had five children. 
t. Colonel Walter Coles; 2. Sarah Coles; 3. Mary Coles; 4. Colonel John 
Coles; 5. Colonel Isaac Coles, who was a member of the first Congress 
(1789), serving many years, and a colleague of James Madison. A 
younger brother of John Coles came over to Virginia subsequently, and 
lived in Hanover county at his seat, Coles Hill; he married Lucy, daugh- 
ter of Isaac Winston, and was the ancestor of Dolly Madison. Not 
long after his emigration, John Coles was possessed of a large fortune 
from which we are led. to infer that his father forgave him, and left him 
his share of the paternal estate. He owned a large tract of land in Hal- 
ifax county, on the Staunton river, consisting of two plantations, whence 
comes the name of Coles Ferry. He also owned and cultivated a place 
in Albemarle county, called after the family place in Ireland. He built 
a house there for a summer residence, and in the autumn amused by 
hunting, of which he was very fond. He also owned a great deal of 
land in and around Richmond, consisting of city lots, and farms in the